’We got lucky’ Stuart McCloskey says of Fiji win

Centre Stuart McCloskey admits Ireland still have plenty to work on, despite claiming a narrow 23-20 win over Fiji.

Ian Keatley’s two late penalties dug Ireland out of a hole as Joe Schmidt’s experimental side snatched an unconvincing win in Dublin.

Ireland’s Stuart McCloskey with fans after Ireland's win over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium. Pic: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland squandered a 17-3 lead established by tries from Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kearney and Jack Conan, and almost paid the price for young fly-half Joey Carbery’s two missed conversions.

"We were lucky to get away with the win there," McCloskey told Sky Sports Main Event.

"Right now he (Joe Schmidt) will be happy we’ve got the win. He’ll be looking back at a lot of mistakes and lot of turnovers.

"They were great at the breakdown, but we knew that coming in. We just didn’t perform at the breakdown as we would have liked."

Ireland made 13 changes from last weekend’s record 38-3 victory over South Africa and endured some nervy moments en route to their slender win over the eye-catching Pacific Islanders.

Henry Seniloli and Timoci Nagusa claimed tries for Fiji, with Ben Volavola slotting 10 points from the tee.

Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa was frustrated after the slender defeat.

"Today it was a disappointing game for us," the 29-year-old said.

"We didn’t play to our strengths. We didn’t play to our system and that’s a result that’s disappointing today."


 

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